December 29, 2004

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If you've watched the news in the last few days, you know that on Sunday, December 26th an 8.9 magnitude earthquake triggered what can only be described as a devistating tsunami. As of 7:00 Wednesday morning, the death toll in India, Thailand, Sri Lanka and surrounding areas has topped 67,000. The US government has pledged only $35 million in aid. Its not enough. Please take a few minutes, visit some of the sites listed below and part, if you can, with some of your hard-earned cash for The American Red Cross, OxFam America, UN World Food Programme and UNICEF

Posted by Chris at December 29, 2004 9:59 PM

I donated the other day. My sister's boyfriend's whole family lives in India - he arrived in India the day before the quake to visit them. My sister got an email that he was ok after the Tsunami - but needless to say, she's still worried - it sucks when this type of crap happens. :(

Posted by: Rae at December 29, 2004 8:07 AM

Going there now, thanks for posting this!

Posted by: Nina at December 29, 2004 8:21 AM

I gave to the Red Cross yesterday, and Unicef this morning. It just tears my heart up to see all the photos coming out of there, and seeing the death toll rise higher than the population of the town that I live in.

Posted by: amber at December 29, 2004 8:46 AM

Thanks for stopping by my diary via gs's site. She's a great gal! I should pay you to finish my site since my friend who's supposed to have done it [umm a year ago], can't seem to ever finish it... sheesh and she does it for a living too...

I really like your site, it's great! I will be donating blood as soon as I find a place out here [just moved to Texas from California].

Take Care & I will be reading more of you!! just fyi ;)

Posted by: angel at December 29, 2004 9:19 AM

I donated on Monday and my Mom is more than likely go there on Saturday in relief - she used to work for Doctors without borders and they are recruiting former volunteers. Very sad day indeed

Posted by: Lee at December 29, 2004 9:56 AM

holly activism batman! good work rc!

Posted by: wn at December 29, 2004 10:34 AM

Also check out This is the website for Wordvision International. They provide aid as well. My son works there and they are being inundated with phone calls. He's working 12 hour days just to handle the donation calls.

I cannot believe the devastation over there. Oh, and if I have to hear about that supermodel one more time, I'm going to scream! What about the millions of other people that were affected?! Enough with the supermodel already!

Posted by: zanie at December 29, 2004 11:32 AM

To play devil's advocate, I started to get annoyed about the supermodel myself & then had a different thought... maybe they're doing that to help people in the US feel a connection to what happened. Not to say many of us aren't compassionate & devasted anyways, but it takes something/someone we know/can relate to/etc sometimes to bring a tragedy home.

Just a thought. I definitely also agree with you, Zanie.

Thanks for the links.

Posted by: Principessa at December 29, 2004 12:23 PM

I'm not sure why my trackback didn't show up over here, but thanks for the links, Chris!

Posted by: Bayou at December 29, 2004 12:29 PM

I'm going to be sending my donation to a friend who's job is matching donations to the Red Cross. I figure double donation is worth the few extra days.

Posted by: Kelley at December 29, 2004 12:39 PM

Excellent post, Chris. I know it will spur many into action.

Posted by: Demery at December 29, 2004 12:51 PM

I was just watching a special on ABC about the relief effort & then I read your post. I knew I wanted to donate money, but you always feel like it won't be enough. Then I realized anything I have to give is more than they have & every bit helps. Thank you for your post & I hope people realize that a small gesture of giving does make a difference.

Posted by: naomi at December 29, 2004 10:50 PM

I was looking at what Canada gave and it seemed to be small, just like the US amount. We were at $40 million. And it still isi small, but then I looked at the GDP, and yours is about ten times ours. Anyway, I'm gonna pop over to World Vision, see if I can make it $40,000,010 or something.

Posted by: Heather at December 30, 2004 2:10 AM

that is so sad and my heart goes out to them and my prayers are with them ...

Posted by: Rosie at December 30, 2004 2:15 AM

I just read the news, ( the help was multiplied tenfold. I have to stop crying every time I read the news.

Posted by: Heather at December 31, 2004 10:11 PM